Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:Originally posted by LA9erFan:Originally posted by sfninerfanMax:
the Niners had a slow secondary with no pass rush. Now we have a faster secondary and with Aldon Smith and better defensive scheming and game adjustments---on paper we should have a much better defense and get off the field more--which should help the offense.
The main thing that has me upset is Crabtree---yet another preseason not playing---I just don't like this guy--make me crow Crabtree!
I don't think Vic Fangio is going to going to be providing better defensive schemes than Greg Manusky. Fangio's been a DC three different times, and has a very pedestrian track record. There's no logical reason to assume he'll provide superior coaching to what we've had.
And I don't see how you come to the conclusion that we should have a much better defense. We were tied for the worst turnover producing team in the league last year, and we're losing 3 of our biggest turnover producers (Clements, Lawson, Goldson)...making a severe weakness even worse. Our D-Line got weaker with the loss of Franklin, as did our LB core with the departure of Spikes.
Goldson is back now, so that helps..and Whitner can be a playmaking SS in an aggressive scheme. Aldon Smith should be a much better version of Manny than Manny ever was, and Rogers (though not a turnover machine by any stretch) is a much better man-coverage guy than Clements, which should help the entire secondary.
All that said, I'm not sure about "better," but Fangio will likely be more aggressive (and maybe even more creative, utilizing his safeties and both ILBs more often) with his blitz/coverage packages than Manusky was (IMO, Sing was a cautious head coach by nature and that impacted what Manusky could do on defense).
But the bottom line is, a defense is only as good as their personnel, and the net-net quality of our defensive personnel is about the same as it was last year. So I don't see us being dramatically better or worse than last year.
Ya, I'm happy to see Goldson back for that price.
I still think we're operating at a net loss in terms of defensive talent, with Franklin & Spikes leaving in favor of Sopoaga & Bowman. Whitner is certainly an upgrade over last year though, I'm still pretty stoked about that signing.
I think our D hinges on Aldon, RJF, & Bowman. We need them each to be about a year ahead of schedule in order for us to be a successful defense, IMO.